At time of going to print the Wairarapa councils had opened public consultation, with a combined Wairarapa unitary council its preferred option.
Lower and Upper Hutt city councils were not in formal talks but were considering amalgamation proposals during normal meetings. We understand they intend to wait until Greater Wellington, Wellington and Porirua have made their proposals and then file a response.
Once the first proposal is lodged with the Local Government Commission other parties and councils will have 20 working days to respond to it.
The commission will develop a proposal, and consult the public on it. Resultant changes occur unless 10 per cent of any affected council constituency petitioned for a referendum.
No change will occur before the next local body election, which will take place under existing boundaries, but the term may be shortened.